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Boa c. constrictor French Guyana

Distribution area French Guyana, Guyana

Estimated average length of mature female Boa c. constrictor Approximately 1.90 to 2.20 m (6.2 to 7.2 ft)

Taxonomic status Subspecies recognized by the CITES convention

Trinidad and Tobago


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Now it has become a certainty: There is no difference between Suriname/Guyana redtail boas.

What is the difference between Suriname redtails and Guyana redtail boas? This is a question that we are frequently asked by people. The answer is: There is NO difference.

Suriname was a Dutch colony until 1975. Its former name was "Dutch Guyana". Surinam is situated between Guyana (the former British Guyana) and French Guyana. Due to this tight connection it would be heedless to subsume a Boa c. constrictor as "Surinam redtail" or "Guyana redtail" only from its appearance without knowing the location where it (or the ancestors) came from.

In the past the boa enthusiasts believed that the Boa c. constrictor from Suriname are pink colored on the flanks and the Guyana redtails (Guyana and French Guyana) are darker and purple shaded laterally.

We have questioned this distinction for quite a while now because we have seen a lot of wild caught redtails with proven origin from Suriname that had purple flanks. They resembled the animals on the photo below. 

Either Suriname and Guyana Boa c. constrictor usually (but not always) show "widows peaks" saddles.

Boa c. constrictor from Guyana are less commonly kept and bred in captivity than the Surinam redtails. Recently the reason for this became obvious.

Since it is the same snake, the size of Suriname and Guyana redtails is identic. Wild caught Boa c. constrictor from Guyana mostly leave the country via Georgetown.